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Espargaró leads CRTs while De Puniet has Motegi to forget

Espargaró leads CRTs while De Puniet has Motegi to forget

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró is becoming ever more consistent as the crucial moment of the season draws ever closer.

He was again the best CRT rider today, crossing the line twelfth and claiming four points for his tally. He thus regains the lead of the CRT standings, with three races remaining. Teammate Randy De Puniet was less fortunate at Motegi. The Frenchman suffered a crash in the morning warm-up at turn 10, which would hint at what was to happen in the race itself. On lap one, at that very same corner, he crashed again. He re-joined the race, but on lap 14 he was forced to retire from the Japanese GP.

Aleix Espargaró

"In general I am happy with how the weekend went. We were very strong in practice and also in the race, with a great pace. This morning in the warm-up we put in an old engine, because we noticed a strange sound from the new one. When the race began I noticed that the bike wasn't going fast, but we still managed to put in a good performance. We were the best CRT and are leaders again. I hope that this rollercoaster ride in the standings comes to an end and I can finally place at the top, ahead of Randy. It is a shame for him to have had problems today and I hope that next weekend we can fight alongside one another again."

Randy de Puniet

"This weekend was rather difficult for us. From Friday we had trouble finding our feeling. In qualifying we improved a little and today, in the warmup, we tried some changes that we liked. I had a very strange crash on turn ten. It seemed as though the brake was permanently engaged, even when I had let it go. In the race I had the same issue and fell at the same point. I will look at the reason for this with the team. It definitely hasn't been the best weekend for us, as I have two hurt ankles from the crash this morning. I hope that in Malaysia we can go back to our positive form."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

MotoGP, 2012, AIRASIA GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Randy De Puniet, Aleix Espargaro, Power Electronics Aspar

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